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Best and worst languages for song?

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lindseylbb
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 Message 33 of 45
09 April 2012 at 2:20pm | IP Logged 
Ari wrote:
Марк wrote:
tonal languages are the worst because they loose their tones.

Cantonese keeps its tonal distinctions when sung. Tonal languages != Mandarin.


Really ? How ?
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Марк
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 Message 34 of 45
09 April 2012 at 2:53pm | IP Logged 
lindseylbb wrote:

PS Russian songs have a gift to make me laugh no matter what type the songs is. They
just sounds funny.

Why?
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lindseylbb
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 Message 35 of 45
10 April 2012 at 6:12am | IP Logged 
multiple mistakes,in a single sentence, shame on me.

I guess the pronunciation of Russian in songs sounds fun to me, they just jump around like naughty child, so delightful and playful. But Russian speech is a different issue anyway.
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Lichtkleid
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 Message 36 of 45
11 April 2012 at 1:29am | IP Logged 
I think Icelandic and Faroese sound beautiful when sung. They give a nice airy tone to a song.
I think genre also has to be considered when determining which languages sound good in songs.
-German is great for metal (Well I think it sounds amazing in any song but that's me being biased)
-French is good for folk-ish songs and of course it's stereotypically, but accurately, suited for love songs
-I think Finnish fits industrial well because it's kinda "choppy" and goes well with the hard, frequent beats

Although I'll listen to music in any language and I listen to a lot of metal where you don't have a clue what they're singing half the time. I don't really think there are languages not suited for song so maybe I'm not so helpful. :p
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 Message 37 of 45
11 April 2012 at 2:37am | IP Logged 
Ohhh I love Turmion Kätilöt! And their live shows! Check out Ruoska too <3
BTW I think the feature you're describing is being syllable-timed.
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 Message 38 of 45
13 April 2012 at 3:02pm | IP Logged 
I think a lot of songs sound unpleasant when we don't understand them and yet, a lot of
songs turn ugly when we do understand them, it goes both ways.

There are songs in foreign languages that are more appealing at first hearing even when
you don't know the language, but that can also change. I have had experiences in which I
used to love a song in a foreign language but then after understanding it I thought it
was so silly and didn't care about it anymore.
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cod2
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 Message 39 of 45
12 March 2015 at 5:40pm | IP Logged 
Curious nobody mentioned Hindi - which has thousands upon thousands of most
beautiful film songs, very popular across large parts of world - not just with
people of Indian origin. In general most Indian languages have strong musical
heritage.
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 Message 40 of 45
12 March 2015 at 6:29pm | IP Logged 
Admittedly obscure cas, but I imagine it would be really difficult to sing music as I know it in a language like Nuxalk
(western Canada), which has words like t͡sʰkʰtʰskʷʰt͡sʰ "he arrived." I wonder what the traditional music of thier
culture is like.


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